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Saturday, December 9th 2017
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
A.J. Kingsley talked about his ten race season and how he is feeling after losing a lot of weight.
Craig Pritchard described what it was like getting back behind the wheel after 15 years off.

We’re back on a Saturday with a couple of nice conversations for you today as we enjoy the first day of the weekend. I got a lot done and was able to set some things up for today and tomorrow so we’re cruising along here just fine.
 
I’ll be in the studio this afternoon and will watch the SU game later as I usually prefer watching them on the DVR so I can fast forward through commercials and halftime. You just have to stay off Facebook till you watch it as you’ll surely find out lots of stuff about the game if you don’t and I like to go into them cold.
 
Hope all of you who are at the PRI show in Indy are having a great time. I really need to get out to that show once in my life but with kids to get on busses and all it is tough. One of these days though I will have to find a way and do it.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with a man who looks a lot different than he did six months ago…and in a really good way too! A.J. Kingsley talked about his ten race season and how he is feeling after losing a lot of weight and some upgrading they are doing to their Late Model for 2018. 

Craig Pritchard described what it was like getting back behind the wheel after 15 years off, how long it took him to get the feel for it again and a nagging issue they had to start the season.   
 
Friday, December 8th 2017
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Kevan Cook recalled how he won the Late Championship at Fulton with a win on the last night.
Nick Guererri talked about his one win season, how tough Sportsman are and Weedsport struggles.

Snow is here but fortunately north of us where it can stay for a while as far as I’m concerned. I see big amounts up north and know a lot of you will be getting those snowmobiles out fast so be careful boys and girls.

I got a lot done on Thursday and ended the day with Allie’s concert at the high school. These young people played beautifully and it is amazing to watch her and her friends grow up into fine young men and women. There is a lot to be proud about with her ninth grade classmates. Well done.
 
We have a pair of Season in Reviews for you today as I was able to sneak those in before the concert. Today I’ll be trying to get a lot done and as always am looking for suggestions from you. Send them to me and I’ll be sure to get the done for you.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have for you today on the Audio Page as we look back at the 2017 race season. Kevan Cook recalled how he won the Late Championship at Fulton with a win on the last night, how cool it was to win a race at Brewerton and the need to get better on the slick.

Nick Guererri talked about his one win season at four different racetracks, how tough Sportsman racing is today and his Weedsport struggles.  
 
Thursday, December 7th 2017
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Steve Post talks about his appearance at the International Motor Racing Research Center Dec 16th.

I had a busy day as I went through the footage I shot this past weekend and started to figure out how to turn it into something. Originally I was going to use this as part of a bigger project but I can see how monstrous that would be for the first project as I learn digital editing so I think the first video will be from this weekend and we’ll branch out from there.
 
I only have a small window to get things done today and I do already have something se up for you to listen to tomorrow but am looking for more. Send me an email at doug@dougsdirtdiary.com or message me on Facebook and we’ll figure out how to get your story out.
Only one today as I wanted to make sure you gave it a listen.

I’ve heard Steve Post’s name on many occasions, had heard he was from our area but had never spoken with him before. He took some time from his busy schedule in Indianapolis to chat with me yesterday and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
 
Now let’s chat a little more about that interview on the Audio Page as the off-season begins officially for us here at the Elkins house. Steve Post talks about his appearance at the International Motor Racing Research Center on December 16th and tells me how he knew what he wanted to early in life as well as how he made it happen.   
 
Wednesday, December 6th 2017
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Chris Fleming remembered his two win season and talked about how some DNF’s hurt him.
Lew Boyd tells me about the great racing books, dvd’s and posters for sale at Coastal 181.

Are you stressed about what to get the racer/race fan on your Christmas list? If so, then stress no more as I have you covered today. Be sure to listen to the Lew Boyd chat and go to www.coastal181.com and you’ll be all set.
 
I walk you through the website and show you how to find the things you are looking for whether it be racing books, racing movies or classis posters. I have a Watkins Glen F1 poster from 1973 that I have framed in my family room and I treasure it greatly. Get yourself something nice or something for a friend on the site and make your Christmas shopping easier than ever!
 
I had a nice day off although I did end up doing an interview as I just can’t sit around more than an hour or two with nothing to do. Today I’ll be back in the studio and back writing again as well. Life is good and I’m having a ball. Hope you’re feeling as good as I am.
 
Now let’s chat more about what we have on the Audio Page for today as we start with another Season in Review. Chris Fleming remembered his two win season and talked about how some DNF’s hurt him in the points as well as how much things can change week to week. 

Lew Boyd tells me about the great racing books, classic racing/car movies and posters for sale at Coastal 181. Go to www.coastal181.com and I’ll walk you through it to get help get your shopping done early.   
 
Tuesday, December 5th 2017
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Steve Pesarek analyzes his 2017 race season and talks about having his first winless season ever.
Tony Veneziano reports on some driver news, some TBA dates for the WoO and The Chili Bowl.
Kevin Ward tells me how Allie did this past weekend and what he learned from the Peebles crash.

We had a nice day here on Monday as I got a lot of work done and will be able to lay low today. No bowling tonight as I am off but I may go and roll a couple of practice games to try to stay sharp. The key word there is TRY.
 
We’ve got some good stuff for you today as we have a nice mix for you including a Season in Review. And tomorrow I’ll tell you all how to get your shopping done for the race fan on your list by going to one website. Yep, just one. I’ll tell you which one tomorrow so be sure to come back.

Now let’s chat more about what we have for you on the Audio Page starting with a Season in Review interview. Steve Pesarek analyzes his 2017 race season and talks about having his first winless season ever as well as how he is doing two weeks after hip replacement. 

Tony Veneziano reports on some driver news for the Roth Motorsports #83, some TBA dates for the World of Outlaws and The Chili Bowl coming up in January. 

Kevin Ward tells me how Allie did this past weekend, his hopes to have her race for him again at the event as well as this summer and what he learned from the Jeff Peebles crash.   
 
Monday, December 4th 2017
   New on the Audio Page for today:
 
Jeff Peebles talks about his crash at the NYS Indoor Championship and analyzes what went wrong.
Paul Cole tells me about the meeting he had with drivers for Land of Legends Raceway for 2017.

I had a nice day on Sunday as I got some work done and spent some time with the family. I also got to chat with racer Jeff Peebles and see how he was doing after his hard crash on Saturday. It seems that everything is going to be okay but he is going to need some time to heal so we wish him and his family all the best this week and beyond.
 
I have a whole bunch of stuff set up for today and will air some of that tomorrow. I am hopeful to have a day off on Tuesday but you know how that goes. My usual Tuesday activity will be off for about a month and a half or so but we’ll make up for it with lots of other things as we continue to think big picture and think about the future. It’s all good.
 
It’s all good on the Audio Page today as we begin the week with some news from the weekend on the track and off. Jeff Peebles talks about his crash at the NYS Indoor Championship and analyzes what went wrong while telling me how he is feeling one day later on Sunday. Whew! So happy you’re alright Jeff. Get better soon! 

Paul Cole tells me about the meeting he had with drivers and crews for Land of Legends Raceway for 2017 and went through some specifics on the track, purses and big shows.   
 
Sunday, December 3rd 2017
   New on the Audio Page from the NYS Indoor Championship practice:
 
Dave Marcuccilli offered his take on running indoors and remembered losing in Charlotte.
Will Shields tells me about his karting background and talked about racing indoors in Syracuse.
Tyler Brown won the Stock Medium feature race and told me how he led every lap to win.
A.J. Bennitt walked me through his flip in the Sr. Animal feature and explained what happened.
Tyler Thompson led every lap and talked about his win in the Sr. Animal Champ feature race.
Tyler Brown picked up his second win on the day and talked about his Pro 4 Cycle feature win.

It was a wild and scary day at the NYS Fairgrounds for the 25th Annual Indoor Championship as things went off very well except in the Unlimited 4 Cycle feature race when the throttle stuck on the kart of Jeff Peebles and he and his kart crashed through the wooden wall and three rows of metal barriers injuring himself and a young fan visiting from Kentucky with his family.
 
Fortunately it appears each will be okay but both were transported to local hospitals. I saw some video replays online afterwards and he really was thrown from the kart and hit the wall before his kart did. I had never seen anything like it before. 

I’ll be honest…it shook me up a lot as a crash like that was pretty much my biggest fear with Allie running there this weekend. It shook the crowd up a bit too as Peebles was on the ground for a long time before being hoisted onto a stretcher and taken to the hospital. We are praying for his recovery as well as the young fan who was also involved. 

I'll have some more on this soon and Allie and I had a long talk about this early Sunday morning as she had troble sleeping. (me too by the way) We just met Jeff a week ago and were taken in by him right away. A cool guy for sure who loves racing and working on anything fast. To see our new friend hurt right before our eyes was...as we both said later...it didn't really happen did it? It happens way too fast sometimes in racing doesn't it. Let's hope everyone feels better and recovers just as fast.

Now let’s chat more about what we have from the event on the Audio Page as we wish everyone the best after yesterday. Dave Marcuccilli offered his take on running indoors on the coke syrup in Syracuse, remembered losing a kart race in Charlotte to a fellow racer and explains why he is not in a hurry to try it.   
 
Will Shields tells me about his karting background and talked about racing indoors in Syracuse while helping a young racer at this year’s event. 

Tyler Brown won the Stock Medium feature race at the NYS Indoor Championship and told me how he led every lap to get the victory in Syracuse. 

A.J. Bennitt walked me through his flip in the Sr. Animal feature and explained what happened to get him on his side as well as how long the wreck seemed to last.   
 
Tyler Thompson led every lap and talked about his win in the Sr. Animal Champ feature race and told me how the red flag might have helped him pick up the victory. 

Tyler Brown picked up his second win on the day and talked about his Pro 4 Cycle feature win, what his mindset was on the track and how cool it was to win this race for his second year in a row.   
 
     
 
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